Definitions

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  • n. The state of being tough
  • n. Resistance to fracture when stressed
  • n. A formidable difficulty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being tough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property or character of being tough, in any sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. impressive difficulty
  • n. enduring strength and energy
  • n. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking
  • n. the property of being big and strong

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Examples

  • He spends the rest of his piece outlining what he calls the toughness gap, but what he has illustrated is in fact a decency gap.

    Mail Call: Debating The Merits Of George W. Bush

  • Close with it, wrestle it: sheer obstinate toughness of muscle; but much more, what we call toughness of heart, which will mean persistence hopeful and even desperate, unsubduable patience, composed candid openness, clearness of mind: all this shall be

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • Close with it, wrestle it: sheer obstinate toughness of muscle; but much more, what we call toughness of heart, which will mean persistance hopeful and even desperate, unsubduable patience, composed candid openness, clearness of mind: all this shall be 'strength' in wrestling your dragon; the whole man's real strength is in this work, we shall get the measure of him here.

    Past and Present

  • That kind of toughness is a big reason they lead the NHL with 33 points.

    USATODAY.com

  • But as long as hard hits are part of the fabric of the game, a mark by which players 'toughness is measured, one rule change will not be enough.

    More to be done

  • But the people of Michigan are tough, too, and this toughness is reflected on the football field by the Lions.

    Political Football: Ghost of Lions games past

  • There was always a certain toughness about him, a stony aloofness, a quality Uncle Merlin likes to call “flintiness.”

    Lance Mannion:

  • Not only the way he played through the physical pain, but to have that mental toughness is completely admirable.

    Cardinals' Freese on hot seat at hot corner

  • Clinton's so called toughness is divisive unless you are in her camp.

    Easley on Clinton: She makes Rocky look like a 'pansy'

  • (AP) - The veteran Dallas Mavericks gave the Portland Trail Blazers a lesson in toughness and discipline.

    USATODAY.com

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